Doctor of Philosophy (Professional Communication)
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Programme Overview


This research programme is aimed for future researchers who are extremely excited to explore and discover new concepts, explanations, and ideas in the communication field. This programme caters to the students who possess a strong theoretical background and wish to undertake independent research with the guidance of one or more faculty members.

The research curriculum of the PhD programme consists of an in-depth investigation into specific research issues related to professional communication, with the aim of adding to existing knowledge, as well as contributing new and groundbreaking knowledge to the field.

Malaysian Students
  • Master's degree accepted by the University Senate or other qualifications as approved by the University Senate
International Students
  • Master's degree accepted by the University Senate and pass IELTS with band 6 or better, or TOEFL with a minimum score of 600.
English Competency Requirements
All international students are bound to the English Competency requirement set by the University and the Malaysian Qualification Agency except those who are:
  • From countries where English is the official language; OR
  • From an academic institution which uses English as its main medium of instruction.
  • Coursework (Two core courses)
    • Research Process and Academic Writing
    • Research Design and Methodology
  • Proposal Defence
    • Each student must present and defend his/her PhD research proposal. The student is only allowed to continue with his/her research to Phase Ill on passing of the defence of his/her proposal
  • Data Collection and Thesis Preparation
    • The student proceeds to his/her data collection, data analysis and thesis writing
  • Viva Voce
    • After submitting the thesis, the students is required to attend a Viva Voce to defend his/her thesis

All Doctor of Philosophy (Professional Communication) students are assessed through full research based paper (100%). Our students are expected to demonstrate their understanding in several forms of assessment, including but not limited to; lectures, tutorials, consultation, research supervision, seminar/colloquium. Students will have full support from their research supervisor throughout the duration of their project.

Full-time students are expected to undergo min three (3) semesters and max five (5) semesters while part-time students expected to undergo four (4) semesters and max nine (9) semesters.

Malaysian Students

Total fees: MYR41,410

International Students

Total fees: MYR51,660



Applicants for Doctor of Philoshopy (Professional Communication) programme are required to submit a comprehensive statement of the research which they propose to carry out. The proposal should comprise the following elements:

  • Field of research
  • Topic of research proposal
  • Background or a brief literature review on the research topic
  • Objective of study - Explain the objectives that influence the research
  • The Methodology of study - Explain the methods used in study
  • Work schedule
  • Equipment required (where applicable)
  • Brief bibliography
  • The research proposal should contain between 1,500 - 2,000 words or about four to six (4 - 6) pages